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Re: Walking A Mile In Someone Else's Shoes

From: Marc David Johnson <mjohnson@marcdavidjohnson.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 08:29:16 -0400
Message-ID: <002201c12a3c$e5b763d0$08c818ac@ncua.lan>
To: "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>, "Charles F. Munat" <chas@munat.com>, "WAI Guidelines WG" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "Anne Pemberton" <apembert@erols.com>
One of the ways I test my own site designs for usability is to have a friend
(and fellow insomniac) stay up for a couple days and then try to navigate my
site trying to find specific information.

In his sleep-deprived state, it makes clear language and navigation a
necessity for him to find information buried somewhere in the site (and
allows me to see where he might 'stumble' in trying to find something).

This is by no means a universal test and can not approximate a user with
cognitive disabilities, but I have found it does help give a general feeling
for how well a site can be navigated by someone unfamiliar with the design
and perhaps not functioning at peak capacity (due to lack of sleep).

Just my 2 cents on yet another little 'tool' to help developers test for
usability and understandability.

Marc David Johnson
A little bit of everything ... and a whole lot of nothing.
Received on Tuesday, 21 August 2001 08:30:55 UTC

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